Podcast #99 with Nina Teicholz of The Big Fat Surprise


Episode 99


In Episode #99, Ari hosts Nina Teicholz, author of The Big Fat Surprise and a former journalist for a variety of publications includingGourmet, Men’s Health, the Economistand the New York Times. During their conversation, Nina and Ari chat about the common misconceptions surrounding saturated fat. Their ultimate conclusion?—Saturated fats are an important, if not essential, component of a healthy diet.

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  •          15:05 – Introduction of Nina Teicholz
  •          15:10 – The Big Fat Surprise
  •          15:25 – An introduction into Nina’s background
  •          15:58 – What turned Nina on to the subject of transfats
  •          16:57 – Nina’s thesis: Saturated fats are not bad for health
  •          17:55 – What sparked the misconception surrounding saturated fats?
  •          19:55 – The problems with the Dean Ornish study
  •          21:57 – Dean Ornish is a genius of PR, not medicine
  •          23:12 – The basic, government recommended diet of low-fat does not work
  •          24:55 – The main issue at the heart of the current nutrition debate is: Should you reduce animal fat and saturated fat to minimize the risk of heart disease?
  •          27:07 – Ari references his dietary renaissance and how he came to his own conclusions about nutrition
  •          28:32 –Nina’s transition from vegetarian to omnivore
  •          30:36 – How Nina responds to the question: “Isn’t saturated fat bad for you?”
  •          31:40 – Saturated fats were condemned based on faulty evidence from 50 years ago
  •          32:00 – Saturated fats cannot be said to cause heart disease
  •          32:45 – Saturated fats are really good for you
  •          34:54 – Saturated fat is the only kind of fat that raises HDL (good) cholesterol
  •          35:45 – Oxidation, in the case of vegetable oil, produces numerous toxic byproducts
  •          37:15 – Nina’s thoughts on the importance of cholesterol levels
  •          38:05 – Women over 50 are likely to live longer the higher  their cholesterol is
  •          40:19 – The details surrounding triglycerides
  •         42:10 – What are your top 3 pieces of advice for people who want to be more effective
    • 42:31 – Reducing carbohydrates and eating more fat is a great strategy to better health
    • 42:45 – Avoid heated vegetable oils
    • 42:59 – Be kind, loving and nice
  •          43:30 – WWW.TheBigFatSurpise.COM

7 Key Points:

  1. Saturated fats are not bad for health
  2. The notion that saturated fats are bad for health is rooted in antiquated and inaccurate science
  3. Of and in themselves, low-fat diets do not work at reducing heart disease and obesity
  4. Saturated fats actually raise HDL cholesterol
  5. Overuse of vegetable based cooking oils can result in oxidation-based toxin exposure
  6. Women over 50 live longer with higher cholesterol
  7. Keep carbohydrate intake LOWand fat intake HIGH

Resources Mentioned:

  • Nina Teicholz – Ari’s guest and author of The Big Fat Surprise
  • Dean Ornish – The current champion of the “animal fat is the enemy” movement
  • Triglyceride – A composition of glycerol and fatty acids linked to sub-par coronary health
  • HDL – The “good” cholesterol
  • Cognitea - An all-natural tea designed to be smarter, healthier alternative to coffee and energy drinks
  • Getting Kids to Sit Properly - A Washington Post article talking about how to get children to sit still
  • Pediatric Oversight - An article in the Columbia Chronicle talking about the damaging effects of pediatric oversight as it pertains to sleep
  • Spruce - An easy website to help people make and send Twitter-ready images
  • Flows - A service that let's people chat without images
  • Body Language for Entrepreneurs - An online course designed to stress the importance of body language
  • The Printful - For people who really want to run a business operation where they print t-shirt's for people, etc.
  • Float - An interesting and new collaborative scheduling tool